New to butchering

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Dragonfly_Acre, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. Dragonfly_Acre

    Dragonfly_Acre Hatching

    Jun 11, 2008
    Hi guys....
    I have raised chickens for eggs for about 4 years and recently ordered a few (6) Jumbo Cornish Rocks for butchering. They are 11 weeks old and have been free ranged.

    Of course I'm the world's worst procrastinator...meaning I'm avoiding the inevitable...but I think I read that they should be butchered at 8 weeks if confined and 13 weeks if free ranged.

    Does this sound right...and do I have 2 more weeks before they're too...ummm....tough (stew hens)?
  2. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    go by how much they weigh and not by age
  3. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Go by how big you want them not age. I have mine in an outdoor run each year that I get them and I butcher at 8 weeks and they range from 10-12 lbs dressed weight.
  4. GallowayFarms

    GallowayFarms Songster

    May 19, 2008
    ya tough meat on a chicken is years and not so much weeks. Like they said weigh the birds and see if there is enough meat to feed what you want to feed. family of 4 etc.

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